October 2021 Monthly Update

Good day, Astreon clients and partners!

Q4 is here, our busiest time of year!  With the increased sales demand, we continue to work with our providers to bring important enhancements and updates.  Please read this month’s platform enhancements and check out some cool blog articles we’ve done this month.

Astreon New Features and Enhancements

Sensor Report Enhancements

Sensor names are now visible in report columns, making it much easier to select a specific sensor for summary data, including calculations of the selected sensors.  Previously you needed to know the sensor name, and manually search for it, which can be quick a challenge. This is particularly handy if you have several similar sensors like multiple reefer zones or Tire Pressure.

Data is now represented in the report in a more readable and easier-to-understand summary format.


Generating files for maps with fields

We have implemented a new feature that allows you to download a map with fields as a separate file.

Now, both pages of the map and the general map in reports have buttons to save the visible part of the map in a PNG file. The downloaded file includes the map on the user’s screen with the same filters, names, tracks, and omissions.

The image on the downloaded file covers approximately the same area that is visible on the screen. The level of detail of the map is selected automatically: for example, when zooming in, you see more details, and they will be displayed in the PNG file.

The downloaded map can be used in reports and presentations, during planning sessions, and for a better explanation to agricultural operators.


Search settings on the Registration page

Some agricultural operates need to use options settings in the resources section quite frequently.  This is necessary when some of your units have sensors and others don’t, or if one works starts at a different time each day. You then had to assign drivers in the system manually or adjust the resource settings every time.

We have now made this much simpler by adding a new option to customize the search settings on the Registrar page. By clicking on the iconicon in the upper right corner, you set the necessary parameters for the current session. You no longer need to open the resource tab in settings each time to make adjustments.



Showing the compound cultivation straight after creation

When several units are cultivating a field simultaneously or when a single unit works on a field for a number of days, you can group the cultivations in a compound one.

Previously, you had to go to the Reports page, configure parameters, request data, and design new cultivation to create compound cultivation. The whole process was quite time-consuming.

Now compound cultivation opens automatically once it’s created, with all the properties are visible in it – you immediately see the result of the action performed. This will save a lot of time for your dispatchers as most farms perform compound cultivations every day.


Sorting data on the Campaigns page

Last month, we discussed launching campaigns in Hecterra. We have continued to expand the functionality of this page. For example, we’ve now added a feature to sort the table contents by any column.

The column containing the list of operations is sorted alphabetically, intervals – by the campaign’s start date, fields – by the number of fields. You can now choose which parameter to apply to put in order campaign data visualization. For example, if you choose to sort by the Interval column, you’ll see the most recent cultivations. While using the Operation column, you’ll quickly find the type of work you are looking for.


Updating data in the Progress tab

We’ve added a new button to the Progress tab that allows you to quickly update information. This button requests new cultivation data updates these graphs.

This is great for organizations with several dispatchers, or when a dispatcher works on several tabs throughout their day.  All stakeholders will now always have the latest information on campaign progress.


Visit the forum dedicated to Hecterra. There you can learn more about our latest updates and leave your ideas and comments – we always take them into account in our work. 

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September 2021 Monthly Update

Good day, Astreon clients and partners!  Has September been a crazy busy month for you?  It’s not just us, right?  On top of being super busy here at Astreon, the Dev Team has been as busy as ever building great new feature enhancements to Wialon and add-on applications.  Read more to see what’s new this month.

Astreon New Features and Enhancements

Video Module Enhancements

Wialon has recently launched a new Video module.  This Video module supports all Dash Camera manufacturers support by Wialon which do not have their own VMS portal.  Astreon regularly uses StreaMax as its premier video management product.  That being said, Astreon also supports Howen and is testing other lower-cost dash camera products.  All of these are compatible with Wialon’s new Video module.

Wialon does plan on charging for this feature in the future, however, these costs have yet to be determined.  For now, there is no cost to use this additional service in Wialon, however, please budget a similar amount to the VMS license that you have today when quoting customers on this service.

We have now added a map function to the Video section so you can see the video live stream, and also see the vehicle’s current position on a map at the same time.

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The video player and the map in the video module

Unit Type Search Function

Wialon has recently added a Unit Type feature where you can select a specific vehicle type.  Ex, Passenger Vehicle, Dump Truck, etc.  Wiaon’s monitoring tab has a search function that also includes Unit Type, which is very convenient.  Think about a Dispatcher that needs to dispatch some work to a Dump Truck only.  You may not be able to differentiate on vehicle type when looking at a large fleet in the system.  You can now search, Dump Truck for example, and then you’ll see a filtered list of Dump Trucks.

We’ve now added a search field here so when you select a Unit Type, you can search for the vehicle or equipment type that you’d like to assign to that Unit.

We also now prioritize recently used vehicle/equipment types to reduce the amount of manual selection or searching, further speeding up this process.

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New recently used category in unit properties




Production campaign control

There is a new Campaigns tab in the navigation panel designed for medium-term planning.

This feature allows you to manage and control agricultural work and implementations.


The updated navigation panel in Hecterra

The campaign includes the following features:

  • Operations related to the campaign – sowing, combining, etc
  • Interval, i.e. dates of the operations – From 2 to 30 days
  • Selected fields that apply to the campaign

After you create and save your campaign in Hecterra, you need to register cultivations every day. This allows the application to build a graph based on the data obtained during the campaign: the total area, how much work has been completed, whether the campaign is running late/ahead of schedule, etc.

The data is displayed in the form of a general report on the selected parameters and a report for each day of the campaign. This allows you to easily determine how much work needs to be done per day to meet the target campaign deadline. It’s very easy to see things that are behind schedule, allowing you to proactively take measures to catch up.

hecterra new campaign tab

New Campaigns tab for medium-term planning

Vist the the Wialon forum to learn more.




New Units page

We have added a new Units page to the menu where you can see a list of all the available units and their characteristics, including the usage cost for each unit per 1 km, 1 hour, 1 order, and 1 vehicle departure.

How does this affect your business?

  1. You can leverage the most appropriate vehicles and routes based on cost values

A dispatcher now can see the cost values for each vehicle. Leveraging these values, the dispatcher can calculate the route cost, monitor other parameters, and find the most suitable transport for an order.

  1. Edit unit properties for each vehicle

The dispatcher now sees unit properties and can edit them for each vehicle. For example, if the vehicle’s capacity or volume has changed, the unit information can be easily updated in the app.


Move Orders Between Routes

You can now move an order from one route to another.  This is a very useful new feature and it’s easy to do.  Just click and drag the order from one route to another.  The route will also automatically recalculate and update itself with new ETA’s etc.  This is all synchronized with the mobile app, so your drivers are always in the loop with new changes, etc.

dispatch order arrangement between routes

Moving an order from one route to another

There is now a tooltip with information on how to move orders from one route to another.

New table design

The tables in the Planning, Routes and Template pages have been designed to be more user-friendly and easier to read. These are subtle changes that make a huge difference in daily operation.  Go check them out!

Visit the forum for more details.




Automatic Online 2.0 mode activation for new depots

Nimbus 2.0 was released last month.  At that time, activation of the new features was manual.

This is now enabled by default for new depots created by Wialon users.


Daylight saving time (DST) for the USA and Canada

North America DST is now supported in the Depot settings tab under the Daylight saving time setting.

Once you choose and save the option, the time zone will shift automatically twice per year:

  • 1 hour back: second Sunday in March at 2 a.m.;
  • 1 hour ahead: first Sunday in November at 2 a.m.

Visit the forum  to learn more about new Nimbus features and see past updates as well.


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Tel: +1 (800) 647-4730

Email: sales@astreon.com

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September Monthly Update

What’s new in September

Good day Astreon clients and partners!  Have you been busy this month?  It’s not just us right?  This month we introduce some system updates and new features.  A lot of these features will save you time.  Dig in and spend 3 minutes reading this month’s update newsletter!


Developer mode

A new setting mode has been added. Developer mode enables you to see the ID of elements in the system depending on the user’s access right: IDs of stops, routes, units, and rounds. You can set the developer mode in the user settings. By default, this mode is disabled.

Nimbus screen shot 1

Nimbus screenshot2


Fuel consumption rate in a cultivation

This is really cool.  We added a new field, Fuel consumption rate, to see the value of fuel volume rate consumed by units per hectare.

Hecterra screenshot 1


Distance and area measurement tools

Did you know that you can activate a tool for measuring distance and area by clicking the corresponding icon? On the map of the cultivation page and an existing field page, there is a tool of measuring distance and area.

How to activate this tool:

  1. Click a ruler icon.
  2. Click on the points and connect the dots to measure the area you want.
  3. Mark the contour of the required are and click on the first point in the end to measure area or perimeter.
  4. To clear the measurement, click on the ruler button again.


Hecterra screenshot2


Previously, there was no functionality for measuring area and perimeter in the application(measuring distance was enabled in developer mode). This updated tool enables you to measure both distance and area immediately without leaving the application.

Maintenance Module/Fleetrun

Adding custom field to a service list

You can add custom field to a service list and see the value of custom fields for several services at once without opening each service.

You will find the new column with a custom field name:

  • on the Services page (Upcoming, In progress, Archive tabs);
  • on the Units page (Upcoming, In progress, Archive tabs);
  • in the .csv tab.


Fleetrun screenshot1

Adding custom fields for service import

On the Import service page, you will see:

  • the new Custom field section provided that at least one custom field has been created in the vehicle fleet;
  • the Custom field name dropdown list.

Services will be imported with the specified custom fields, which means that the imported services data will be more complete. You won’t have to spend your time to manually filling in custom fields after imports.


Fleetrun screenshot 2

Increasing text limit in notifications

We changed the character limit in notifications from 500 to 1,000 on the notification tab in the administration panel. Since the character limit has been increased, you can create more informative messages to share with your team and don’t have to summarize or shorten your messages anymore.


Removing restriction for email duplicates in notifications

Our new feature enables you to send different type of notifications to the same email addresses. Previously you only received the same type of notification corresponding to the email addresses. You can now specify use the same email addresses and different notifications will be sent to the same email addresses.


Useful new Feature! Estimated and actual routes

In reports, display of estimated and actual routes on the map has is more user-friendly. You’ll see a new option for displaying estimated and actual routes on the map. See the reference screen shot here.


Logistics screenshot 1


If there is a discrepancy between the estimated and actual mileages in the report, you can click the display button and see the route tracks on the map. Click the order icon on the map, and you’ll see detailed information about the selected order.


Logistics screenshot 2

With this feature, you can analyze information of the specific route and figure out why there is a discrepancy between the estimated and actual mileages.


Custom fields in orders

Custom fields can help you do in-depth analysis. We added a feature which create’s custom fields with additional details. You can add and remove the added custom fields. You can edit these values at the planning stage in active and planned routes.

The added fields are located in a separate field in the order creation/modification dialog.


Logistics screenshot 3

By utilizing the display of custom fields in the orders table, you can see the necessary data at a glance to evaluate your planning process.

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